One of the most anticipated of the Arkansas Art Center's annual exhibitions, the “Mid-Southern Watercolorists,” is coming to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith during March and April, with an opening reception on March 7.
The reception, sponsored by the Chancellor's Coalition for the Visual Arts, will be from 5 - 6 p.m. in the west hallway of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
“From traditional landscapes to detailed still-lifes and bold abstractions, the Mid-Southern Watercolorist exhibition is, without a doubt, the best collection of watercolors throughout the South,” said Stacey Jones, associate vice chancellor for campus and community events. “We’re proud to have it here, and it’s a unique opportunity for the community and our students to see some of the best work of our time.”
The exhibit hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. The exhibit is located on the west end of the first floor of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center and encompasses wall space outside the Reynolds Room.
“This is a juried exhibition that includes 21 watercolors from members of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists,” Jones said. ”So you know that a panel of acknowledged experts has chosen these artists, and their selected works as the best they’ve seen.”
This selection depicts various approaches to the watercolor medium, according to Jones. Works by some area artists -- including L.S. Eldridge of Rogers, Victor Parkerson of Fayetteville and Jason Sacran, formerly of Fort Smith, who now lives in Lavaca -- are among the exhibition.
“This is one of the most popular art exhibits we hang,” Jones said. ”It has wide appeal, so year after year all sorts of people come to the campus to enjoy it.”
The Mid-Southern Watercolorists organization is a non-profit organization which was founded in Little Rock in 1970 by five artists and has grown to include 250 members in 17 states. The group was founded with the goal of elevating the stature of watercolor as an important creative, permanent painting medium.
The exhibit at UAFS is one of several traveling exhibitions available through the State Services Department of the Arkansas Arts Center.
For more information, call the Campus and Community Events Office at 479-788-7300.